Footy legend savages ‘no success’ Walker

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 10:50:56 AM. Live: AFL Trade Period Day Two

WITH the cautious opening talks of day one out of the way, clubs are expected to start getting down to the business of getting trades done.

Adelaide again finds itself in the spotlight — and not for all positive reasons — as the departures of Jake Lever and Charlie Cameron continue to create controversy.


Bartel slams Walker

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Former Geelong utility Jimmy Bartel has slapped Crows skipper Taylor Walker over his comments regarding exiled star Jake Lever.

Walker said his former teammate was more interested in money than success.

“I have no problem with him saying he was honest and blunt,” the 33-year-old Bartel said on NAB Trade Radio.

“But there are a couple of things. Choosing money over success? You haven’t had success, either. You made a grand final, that’s it. Individually, you’ve been All-Australian captain and you’ve had some good years, but you haven’t had success.

“There’s no guarantee you will. There are no guarantees in this game. Just because you played in the Grand Final doesn’t mean you’re going back and winning it next year.”



Rockliff on his way to Port

Port Adelaide has officially submitted it’s contract with Lions star Tom Rockliff to the AFL.

The Lions now have three days to match the free agency offer Port Adelaide made to the 27-year-old.

The Lions have already said publicly they won’t match the offer and Rockliff is expected to be unveiled as Power player as early as Tuesday.

The former Brisbane captain looms as one of the biggest bonanzas of the trade period with the Power picking up a potential midfield superstar in exchange for nothing.

The 2014 All Australian selection finished third in the Brisbane Lions’ best and fairest despite missing two games this season through injury.

Fellow trade bait targets this window Jack Watts, Charlie Cameron, Jake Lever, Jake Stringer and Steven Motlop all finished outside the top 10 of their respective club champion awards.

Out of the players linked to a move this trade period, only Gold Coast superstar Gary Ablett, who won the Suns’ best and fairest award, finished higher in his club award than Rockliff.

Rockliff’s move to Port Adelaide through free agency has quietly sealed a huge coup for the Power.

According to reports, Rockliff’s move has huge draft ramifications for the Power and Lions.

The Power are reportedly set to be stripped of the No. 30 draft pick they were awarded for losing Jackson Trengove to the Western Bulldogs.

The Lions will reportedly be issued a free agency compensation draft pick at the start of the second round.

The addition of a No. 19 pick gives the Lions a draft war chest of 1, 12, 18 and 19 at this year’s draft.



Tex whacks Lever again

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Hired gun.Source:Getty Images

Crows captain Tex Walker has questioned the character of departing star Jake Lever, accusing the defender of being a money-hungry mercenary.

In an appearance on Triple M Adelaide’s Roo and Ditts, Walker moved to address many of the reports about the chaotic fallout to the club’s grand final loss and trade period bombshells.

Walker said Lever’s decision to request a trade to Melbourne still doesn’t sit right with him, but he insists he was not aggressive towards the 21-year-old when they first discussed his move from the club over the phone.

“I didn’t have a crack at him,” he said.

“I was pretty honest because I don’t like people leaving our footy club. I was honest that if that was the decision he was going to make then ... look, I’m not going to agree with him because I don’t like people leaving our footy club, but I don’t think I was arrogant, aggressive towards him. I was probably blunt.

“It was pretty much, really blunt. He told me he’d decided to leave the footy club and I said, ‘Mate, if that’s the decision you want to make ... we’re two days out from losing a grand final. I think our footy club is going in the right direction’.

“I think it’s pretty much him choosing money over success.

“I was disappointed when Jake rang me and it probably took me a couple days to get over because I’m pretty loyal and I’d love everyone to stay.

“Probably for Jake the difference in money was a lot, so if you’re driven by money or you’re driven by success, that is a decision you need to make.”

He also praised Lever’s commitment to the club during the finals series, saying the future Melbourne star never once flinched from giving his all for the Crows this season.

Walker also denied the club had a heated argument at half time during the grand final and denied players turned on each other on the field as the grand final was slipping away.



Mumford has ‘played his last game’

Giants star Shane Mumford has reportedly played his last game in the AFL.

The Australian reports the star ruckman is “almost certain” to have his career cut short by his ongoing leg injuries.

Senior sports writer Greg Denham reported on Tuesday the former Sydney and Geelong tall will be forced into retirement as early as this year as a result of the foot fracture he suffered against Adelaide in the first week of the AFL finals series.

The report claims Mumford is awaiting specialist advice on whether he will ever be able to make a full recovery from the combination of leg injuries which have restricted him since leaving the Swans.

It leaves the Giants potentially chasing a big-man to partner stand-in tall Dawson Simpson in 2018.



Crows cop it ... and cop it some more

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Charlie Cameron in the Crows’ losing grand final. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/AFL Media/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

Charlie Cameron is set to be the subject of this year’s AFL trade stare down with Adelaide determined not to blink in the face of Brisbane’s overtures.

But the young speedster’s manager Colin Young isn’t going to go down without a fight — and it could get messy.

As Cameron faces being held to his contract for season 2018, Young has threatened the Crows it will be at their detriment.

He indicated to Adelaide’s Sportsday SA that Cameron’s performance would suffer if he remained in South Australia.

“He was fairly disappointed,” Young said of Cameron. “Charlie has indicated that he won’t be re-signing with Adelaide after next year.

“He has asked for a trade to Brisbane, and if that doesn’t get done, he plays in Adelaide next year.

“But he certainly won’t be resigning, he’ll be looking to go to Brisbane the following year.”

Adelaide find themselves on the opposite side of the equation at this year’s trade period after they unsuccessfully tried to crowbar Bryce Gibbs out of Carlton last year.

Gibbs performed strongly for the Blues in 2017 and appears happy to remain there now — an example Adelaide would be hoping Cameron will follow.

But Young insisted there will be no happy ending for Cameron and the Crows.

The fragile stand-off has seen the Crows heavily criticised by some footy commentators, however, Bombers legend Matthew Lloyd said the Crows were well within their rights to deny Cameron his move.

AFL clubs met at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Monday for the opening day of the trade period, but no official paperwork was lodged.

The Crows will try to get the best deal for Jake Lever out of Melbourne, but they are standing firm on holding Cameron to his contract for next year despite his request to be traded to the Lions.

“We had a quick chat with Brisbane, but obviously he’s a contracted player and a required player in 2018 at our club,” list manager Justin Reid said. “We’re happy with Charlie where he is.”

The Crows took a more conciliatory tone on the Lever issue on Monday after talking tough about dealing with all 10 Victorian clubs as they seek the best deal.

“We have good dialogue with Melbourne, so we will see there that gets to in the next fortnight,” Reid said.

“There are nine other clubs in Melbourne, but we’re certainly having a chat with Melbourne at the moment.”

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Jake Lever. Photo Sarah Reed.Source:News Corp Australia

But Adelaide’s initial approach to Lever’s trade demand — which reportedly saw him cop the cold shoulder from some teammates and not attend the club’s best and fairest — has seen the club come under fire.

Veteran football reporter Caroline Wilson wrote the “dummy spit” did not reflect well on the Crows.

“That a professional football club that held itself together with compassion and calm back during the 2015 Phil Walsh tragedy and then - despite its disappointment - send Patrick Dangerfield home with something resembling good grace would lash out at a 21-year-old in the manner it did Lever speaks to a defect of character,” Wilson wrote.

And given that it has been tough to unearth anything too sinister about the talented young defender it is Adelaide’s image that has been the most tarnished.”

Elsewhere, Geelong and Gold Coast have made solid progress on a deal for veteran superstar Gary Ablett.

Essendon are confident of landing Jake Stringer, Devon Smith and Adam Saad, while the Lions will listen to offers for Josh Schache.

Geelong free agent Steve Motlop toured Adelaide’s facilities on Monday and will decide if he joins the Crows, Port Adelaide, Gold Coast or stays with the Cats.

— with AAP



Pies pull out of Schache race

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Josh Schache isn’t attracting a lot of interest.Source:Getty Images

Collingwood is out of the race for Lions star Josh Schache — and reportedly claim they were never in the hunt.

The Lions have admitted publicly they are open to trading the 2015 No. 2 draft pick back home to Victoria and are reportedly chasing a top-end first round pick to make the deal viable for them.

Fox Sports senior AFL reporter Jake Niall has told SEN Breakfast the Pies were never entertaining the prospect of giving up their No. 6 draft pick in exchange for Schache.

“To clarify, Collingwood are not interested in Josh Schache,” Niall said.

“I think this surprises a lot of people. They have pick six and pick six is completely off limits.

“Lets bear in mind, they traded two first round draft picks for Adam Treloar, so the 2015 first pick which was seven, and the 2016 first pick, they didn’t think it would be seven, but it ended up being seven because they didn’t go as high on the ladder.

“They are holding pick six, they want to pick a kid.”



West Coast confident on Ah Chee

West Coast believe they can get a deal done with Port Adelaide to bring Brendon Ah Chee west this trade period.

It comes as West Coast list manager Brady Rawlings declared star Andrew Gaff won’t be moving anywhere.

“We categorically ruled that one out,” Rawlings told AFL Trade Radio.

“Clubs asked the question, but he’s not going anywhere.”

According to reports the Eagles and Power are still negotiating on the draft pick West Coast will have to cough up in order to get a deal done for Ah Chee.

The Eagles have reportedly offered a fourth round draft pick for the 23-year-old, but the Power is seeking a second round pick.

Rawlings told AFL Trade Radio his team was hopeful of getting a deal done after meeting with Port Adelaide on Monday.



Power go all in on Watts

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Gone.Source:Getty Images

Port Adelaide has reportedly gone all in Demons star Jack Watts, making him their top trade target this week.

The club is already poised to sign Brisbane midfield gun Tom Rockliff and they’ve now turned all their efforts towards convincing Watts and the Demons that they are the right fit for the former No. 1 draft pick.

Fox Sports’ senior footy reporter Jake Niall said on Monday night the Power have been throwing everything they have at the star.

He also told Fox Sports News the Power appear to have trumped the Swans’ salary offer if it comes down to a two-horse race between the two interstate clubs.

“Port Adelaide are unambiguously keen. They’re one club that absolutely want Jack Watts — they’ve told him they want him, so they are clear,” Niall said.

“Now is he willing to move interstate? A lot of people think the environment of Sydney would be outstanding for him because he would have anonymity and that lack of pressure.

“The feeling is the money is the main obstacle, not so much the draft, in Sydney. Jack Watts, wherever he goes, will be a second-round draft pick. I don’t think the deal will be a massive issue, it’s salary cap.”

Watts has also been linked with Geelong.



Tippett staying at Sydney

Sydney football boss Tom Harley has laughed off reports Jake Watts has inspected the club’s SCG facilities.

He has also told The Daily Telegraph hot and cold tall Kurt Tippett will not be leaving the club this trade period.

He claims the club has not discussed any potential trade for Tippett, who is contracted with the Swans until the end of the 2020 season.

“It hasn’t been discussed,” Harley said

“He’s contracted at this stage. We come in the a pretty open mind because all of our important players are signed and contracted so the point we take is that you have to keep all your options open. I’m not pre-empting anything with Kurt.”


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